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Do you buy horse treats? New ? about sugar and icing post #38.

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  • #21
    We always have a bag or two of peppermint/spearmint treats on hand, right from the regular store. Whenever I remember, I bring carrots or apples from home to give them. We actually also have a box of sugar cubes for them right now. And the other day I bought a container of Uncle Jimmy's Squeezy Buns... just cause it was funny and they actually looked good! :P
    In my opinion a horse is the animal to have. Eleven-hundred pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs. Its something you just can't get from a pet hamster.
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    • #22
      I buy the cheapo apple wafers 10# for under $10 but not consistently.
      I'll buy DuMors or whatever the feedstore has on sale - never spend more than $10, usually less.
      When money is tight, I sub dry pasta from the $1 Store. Shape does not matter - they seem to love the crunch.
      Go figure.

      The only time my boys get treats is as a Goodnight snack.
      I feed a last flake of hay around 9 or 10P and they each get 3 (sigh...it seems I have taught them to count) treats then.

      I feed apples or carrots with their evening grain, but not by hand.
      Each gets one cut up in their bucket along with the grain.
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      • #23
        My local tack shop sells Rounders cookies for $5/bag. Mine is, shall we say, food motivated I've used cookies to catch him in the field, get him to stand at the gate when I turn him back out, stand while mounting, teach WHOA from the saddle... all kinds of stuff. Maybe it's cheating but it works.
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        • #24
          I must be a little bit off. I do buy treats. I also buy big bags of carrots at the discount store, but I also like to have horse treats on hand. Some days I'll only give carrots or apple slices, but other times I'll only give the horse treats. At times I give both. I have one horse who is picky and is very polite regarding treats. He doesn't seem to enjoy pats or grooming too much, so I give him some treats for tolerating me (and after shots, for neck stretches, etc.).
          I don't find that I have to buy treats too often because I buy carrots, etc. When I do, preservatives and how "healthy" the treat seems does make a difference to me. I am pretty aghast at some of the stuff in so many dog treats, and so I do read the ingredients and put some thought into it. If I spend more on the treats, I don't mind because that just means that I won't give as many.

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          • #25
            I got in the habit of buying Mrs Pastures when I lessoned - it was easier than trying to cart around carrots as I could leave the closed jar in the car and I'd buy the five pound bag about once a year I guess. At home it's whatever we have, mints, sugar cubes, cookies, apples carrots, experimental fuit (I made great friends with a very cranky horse once using a pear), alfalfa cubes, handfulls of grass, hay or grain.
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            • #26
              Mine gets Royal Equine (I think?) for his "regular" treats and Stud Muffins for his "special" treats. I feed him more than are probably necessary.

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              • #27
                Aside from apples and carrots, I used to do Stud Muffins, and still occasionally buy the Uncle Jimmy's when I'm feeling flush because my gelding loves them and they stay fresh in my car But for the most part I get a big box of the Nature Valley granola bars at Costco. They're cheap, keep well, have roughly the same ingredients, and I can eat them too if I need a snack.

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                • #28
                  Willie Muffins, one per ride. Big fan...been tempted to try one myself several times
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                  • #29
                    Dumors or Rounders, 1 bag every couple months
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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by spotmenow View Post
                      Willie Muffins, one per ride. Big fan...been tempted to try one myself several times
                      They smell better than they taste. But my donkey's would argue with me on that one. They LOVE them! But since they eat everything that doesn't breath and walk... maybe that's not a huge selling point. Ok, the ingredients are great! At least it's a healthy treat.
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                      • #31
                        I buy Nicker Makers and Apples N Oats treats, I probably spend about 10-15 dollars per month on treats. My three horses only get 3 or 4 treats per day, or as needed as bribery when I have to do something unpleasant like worming.
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                        • #32
                          Manna Pro licorice flavor, when I can find them. My BO always gives horse treats at Xmas, those usually last all year. I always have carrots on hand, so that is the usual treat. Anything store-bought lasts longer because of the carrots.
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                          • #33
                            I buy the big bag of Dumors or apple wafers or whatever is on sale. I don't feed that many munchies by hand - typically only when I clip (as a reward to Remy for not freaking out). I do add a few treats to their grain tho. They don't seem to be all that fussy about what brand/type they get.

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                            • #34
                              I feed Giddyap Girls Cookies, my horse loves them! They are easy to feed and not full of sugar and artificial stuff. I also get 25lb bags of carrots at the local grocery store, they label them 'horse carrots' and sell them for about $5. I will usually go through the bag in a day or 2, between my horse and sharing with all of our neighbors.

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                              • #35
                                I usually give carrots or apples, but sometimes buy the ultra-cheap iced oatmeal (human) cookies at the dollar store or Wal-mart. They're cheap and I like them, too.

                                StG

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                                • #36
                                  I generally just buy a big bag of carrots at the grocery store since that's cheap. Sometimes I'll get apples.

                                  It would be nice to be able to leave the stuff at the barn, but the last bag of carrots didn't last very long before they went moldy. yuck!

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                                  • #37
                                    Okay, I'll admit, I get those expensive Whinny Whither whatever treats in marshmallow flavor for my girl. The size is perfect for rewards when she's working on something challenging, and she's very food motivated. She clicker trains like a dream.

                                    She also gets carrots, apples, peppermints, sugar cubes, and whatever people have in their groom bags that they aren't watching close enough. She's a bit of a vacuum cleaner and I need to stretch out her expensive treats.
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                                      #38
                                      Thanks guys. I figured most people were cheap like me. My treats would be on the fancy side, but really funny and cute, so we'll see how it goes. I'm still perfecting the recipe.

                                      New question. Are you opposed to sugar in your treats? Would something with icing, the dry, hard kind, turn you off if it was really cute?

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                                      • #39
                                        Haha, no I'd probably still buy it. I mean as long as it wasn't completely COVERED in it. I figure those peppermints (and well.. the sugar cubes...) are chock full of sugar anyway. Any we only feed them sparingly to begin with
                                        In my opinion a horse is the animal to have. Eleven-hundred pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs. Its something you just can't get from a pet hamster.
                                        In The Nick of Time

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                                        • #40
                                          I buy the Dumor peppermint flavored bag and my horses love them (one of them won't touch the carrot flavored). I also use a bag of alfalfa cubes at different times of the year because the horses are just as happy with those and boy are they cheap when used as treats! I spend maybe $75 a year on treats I guess. We take 1-2 months to go through a Dumor bag for 5 horses and they're only 6 bucks. Maybe 1-2 bags of cubes are used for treats at $11.

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